On August 19, I’m going to be interviewed by Unusual Historicals, and we would like your help. We’re asking readers for their questions about my debut novel, The Cross and the Dragon. (If you’d like to read an excerpt, visit Unusual Historicals on August 16.)
What is The Cross and the Dragon about? So glad you asked:
A tale of love in an era of war and blood feuds.
Francia, 778: Alda has never forgotten Ganelon’s vow of vengeance when she married his rival, Hruodland. Yet the jilted suitor’s malice is nothing compared to Alda’s premonition of disaster for her beloved, battle-scarred husband.
Although the army invading Hispania is the largest ever and King Charles has never lost a war, Alda cannot shake her anxiety. Determined to keep Hruodland from harm, even if it exposes her to danger, Alda gives him a charmed dragon amulet.
Is its magic enough to keep Alda’s worst fears from coming true—and protect her from Ganelon?
Inspired by legend and painstakingly researched, The Cross and the Dragon is a story of tenderness, sacrifice, lies, and revenge in the early years of Charlemagne’s reign.
Curious about what compelled me choose this era? What sources I used for research? Something else? Leave a question in the comments below by August 8. We’ll use the top five, a combination of the most frequently asked and the most interesting.